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Tamil Nadu: The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, located at an altitude of 900-1140 meters, on the lap of beautiful and green Nilgiri hills, about 160 km away from Coimbatore, at the border of Tamilnadu and Kerala, is one of the first and foremost wildlife sanctuaries of India. The splendid Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is covering an expansive area of 324 square km. The sanctuary is divided into 5 portions, Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota. Teppakadu, marks the entrance of the Greenland of Mudumalai and is situated at a distance of 11 km from Gudalur which is also located at a distance of 11 km from Ooty.
Elephants, susceptible Gaur and Chital are the rare and endangered denizens which amble around the astounding manor. The towering trees of the sanctuary offer shelter to the innumerable Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards and many more inhabitant species. More than 266 species of birds including the near extinct species like Indian White-rumped Vulture and long-billed Vulture fill the air with their sweet singing.
Tourists who go through the slender tract to Mysore from Ooty, hidden in the shades of towering trees, can watch the thrilling sight of strolling elephants on the slopes of the Nilgiri hills. Eucalyptus, Shal, Deodar and many more trees make it a safe and secured place for the ambling animals.
The Moyar River, acts as a boundary between the Mudumalai sanctuary and Bandipur of Karnataka. The grace and grandeur of the waterfalls on Moyar River occupy the minds of the nature lovers. Interested tourists can also watch the elephants in the stable. Lucky tourists can get a glimpse of the crocodiles in the water streams of Moyar River.
The best time to visit the place is between February and April because this is the time when the entire territory of the forest and sanctuary looks different with the blooming flowers and plenty of colorful fruits.
However, many holiday makers like to visit and watch the vista of the sanctuary during September- October. Tourists can take the pleasure in the elephant safari as well. It starts from the Wildlife Sanctuary Reception Centre at Teppakadu, the entrance of the sanctuary. You can watch the vista of the forest riding on a minibus or jeep as well. If you like to watch the forest and its inhabitants closely and in a better way then you can ride on your own vehicle by giving appropriate amount of money to the forest authority. To take a look at the adjoining manor and the dwellers of the forest, climb up the watch tower, built specially for the entertainments of the tourists.
Even though the gripping greeneries of the forest look excellent during the rainy season but the sanctuary is closed during the rainy seasons and summers. The temperature of the neighboring area stays around 17 degree Celsius in winters where as in summers the temperature stays around 32 degree Celsius.
The proposal of including Mudumalai National Park in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO is under consideration.
According to the statistics, 48 tigers roam across the huge territory of the National Park. The State Government of Tamilnadu had declared the National Park as a Tiger Reserve Forest in 1972. The motive is to protect and safeguard the diminishing Tiger populations. More than 350 families were dispossessed and evicted from the park and were given another safe shelter in order to protect the wildlife of the forest.
Experts opine that this sanctuary is the most significant and important one in the state of Tamilnadu. The lush green and prolonged terrain of the sanctuary is the important homeland for its inhabitants. The importance of the sanctuary is immense as it acts as the border of the two other important sanctuaries of South India. The Bandipur National Park of Karnataka and Wyanad sanctuary of Kerala are the two neighboring sanctuaries of Mudumalai. The assortment of flora and fauna is impressive. Nature lovers who love to see ambling denizens amidst the Greenland will be entertained and amused by the presence of large varieties of inhabitants.
Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is the home of the innumerable Elephants, Gaurs, Bonnets, Macaques, Common langurs, Tigers and Leopards, Chital, Dhole Panther, Sloth Bears, Pythons, Barking deer, Four-Horned- Antelopes, Otters, Crocodiles (mugger), giant flying squirrels, Sambhars, Hyenas, Wild Dogs, Wild Boars, Mouse Deer, Spotted Deer, Jackals, Hares, Porcupines and Mongooses. Numerous species of colorful and animated butterflies fly around the forest as well. Different species of indigenous owls are also seen in the dark and thick forest.
Interested tourists who want to look into another aspect of the trip can get down at INDU Film factory which is located at a distance of 8 km from Ooty.
How to reach: Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary can be accessed by bus both from Ooty and Mysore. For a comfortable and safe journey, you can hire a car from Ooty to Mudumalai and back.
Where to stay: Sylvan lodge, Hotel Tamilnadu- Mudumalai, Abhayaranyam Rest House (5 km from the reception centre of Teppakadu), Abhayaranyam Annexe Tourist Lodge, dormitory of the adjoining Range office, Kargudi Rest House (3 km away from the Range office), Sylvan Lodge and Youth Hostel. Check official Tamil Nadu tourism site. For online booking, photos, rates and options, check out our hotel booking links below.